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As the world continues its stuttering recovery from a universal recession, are some of the superpowers losing their grip? Commodity prices continue to head lower with even safe havens such as gold bullion on tentative ground.
As the world recovers from one of the worst global recessions in recent times, many breathed a sigh of relief that the worst was over. Yet there are indications that the recovery is not going quite as planned with China showing signs of a slowdown in the economy and multiple question marks over the US and its monetary policy.
In the latest development, the UK has been slapped with a credit downgrade, a move which has not proved to be the catastrophic event George Osborne may have feared but has cemented the fact that Britain is simply not recovering as quickly as it needs to.
With a new governor of the Bank of England due to take the reins shortly, a change in monetary policy might be necessary in order to try and drum up some growth in the economy, the fundamental reason why Moody’s said it downgraded Britain. A drop in global commodity prices could help businesses relying on raw products but won’t be sufficient alone to boost trade.
Despite many countries insisting the worst is past, there are fears that perhaps the world has not yet fully shaken off its economic woes.
The government in China has told its people that they should not be too extravagant in their spending and it appears this advice may have been taken a little too much to heart. The recent lunar market at the start of the Chinese New Year normally marks a shopoholic frenzy but the response this year was decidedly muted. Various manufacturing indexes for the country have indicated that the sector has continued to expand, but with the figures only just tipping the 50 mark (the point which reflects expansion) growth is far slower than many had hoped.
Downturn In Commodity Prices
With China the biggest consumer of raw materials, commodity prices have tumbled and are expected to continue to be volatile in the coming months. Gold is experiencing its worst run in more than 16 years, dropping over 5% during February 2013 alone and marking the worst series of monthly declines since 1996. Copper has tracked the decline in commodity prices and has also continued to move lower, falling month on month since October 2012.
One of the few exceptions to the rule has been the price of gas, boosted by a particularly cold winter in the US and the UK.
Analysis of the market data tells us that despite the insistence that the global economic crunch has passed its worst, there is still much to do for the superpowers to return to healthy growth. Although this might be bad news for global commodity prices, stocks and shares might be the beneficiaries. Only time will tell whether this will be sufficient to prevent a further recession from taking place.
Samantha Wood has been writing about stock markets, finance and global commodity prices for a number of years. Samantha’s work includes articles, guides and blogs on the subject of everything related to the world of finance.
The rising cost of healthcare is making it expensive for regular people to seek out medical services. Even if health insurance has been purchased, many companies will pay for specific services to a certain dollar amount, or about 60 percent of bills, and leave the rest to the patient. Many people may get sick and cannot continue to work, further straining household budgets. With steadily increasing health expenses and cutbacks from health insurance providers, many people are finding themselves bordering on bankruptcy after a prolonged illness or complex medical treatment.
Because the cost of treatment can build quickly with a serious illness, medical-related bankruptcy is becoming a common occurrence. Depending on the severity of the illness or condition, patients may go to the hospital and be billed thousands of dollars for a short visit. In the case of breast cancer, a bilateral mammogram can total $270, and a biopsy test to follow up on a suspicious image can reach $1,070. Chemotherapy treatments will add up to $13,400 after a four day hospital visit, and a mastectomy procedure is usually billed at $11,500. Thus, it is important for people to know what options are available to avoid an unexpected illness driving them into bankruptcy.
Immigration programs designed to encourage investment and job creation may boost the economy in once-strong countries now losing the talent war.
Many new comers in developed countries face a common problem. They come to attend school. When they finish, they cannot stay. Those who make such rules believe they are protecting public welfare systems from being drained. Others argue these laws leave no room for entrepreneurs who wish to set up strong businesses that grow the economy. Arguments on both sides of the problem, in the US and Britain, are making it hard to find a fix.
The Problem in Britain
Even Prime Minister Cameron admits that changing immigration rules may help. If it were easier for immigrant entrepreneurs set up successful businesses, it would help all of Britain. But today’s immigration laws keep out innovative new comers who could make great additions to Britain’s economy.
By Marian Wang, ProPublica, Beckie Supiano and Andrea Fuller, The Chronicle of Higher Education Oct. 4, 2012, 9:22 p.m.
This story was co-published with The Chronicle of Higher Education.
More than a decade after Aurora Almendral first set foot on her dream college campus, she and her mother still shoulder the cost of that choice.
Almendral had been accepted to New York University in 1998, but even after adding up scholarships, grants, and the max she could take out in federal student loans, the private university — among nation’s costliest — still seemed out of reach. One program filled the gap: Aurora’s mother, Gemma Nemenzo, was eligible for a different federal loan meant to help parents finance their children’s college costs. Despite her mother’s modest income at the time — about $25,000 a year as a freelance writer, she estimates — the government quickly approved her for the loan. There was a simple credit check, but no check of income or whether Nemenzo, a single mom, could afford to repay the loans.